The Music Radar UK’s UK Festival Ranker

Trying to find a festival to go to? Or just want some information and tips on an event that you’re attending? Don’t worry, we’ve got an extensive list of information, highlights and commentary on the UK’s biggest festivals this summer.

Boardmasters

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Quick Summary: Sun, sand and sport are some of the ingredients to Cornwall’s celebration of music and water sports.

Date: 9th-13th August

Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Price: £159.00 including camping

Line Up Highlights: Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, alt-j, The Vaccines, Stormzy, Jake Bugg, Slaves, Frank Turner, A Blaze Of Feather, Lethal Bizzle, Formation, The Amazons, Tom Grennan

Review: Boardmasters consistently puts out a wonderful line up each year, mixing it with a celebration of surfing and other water sports. The return of funk legends Jamiroquai looks set to be a special moment given their limited number of live appearances in recent times. Two Door Cinema Club finally get placed in a position that they deserve, headlining the festival when many of their festival appearances seem far too low down for a band of their quality. It’ll be a great moment to see alt-j headline and close the festival, with their upcoming album looking set to propel them to even greater heights. The Flaming Lips will provide crazy psychedelia whilst The Vaccines and Stormzy will ignite the main stage. Slaves will pack a punch and upcoming stars Formation, Tom Grennan, The Amazons, Palace, Will Joseph Cook, Ten Tonnes and Super Glu will be worth watching. Festival goers need to catch A Blaze Of Feather’s set as well given that it’s the unique project of Ben Howard and artist Mickey Smith.

Final Verdict: A

 


British Summer Time

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Quick Summary: Celebratory collection of one day concerts in the heart of London which features performances from the world’s most famous artists.

Date: 30th June – 9th July

Location: Hyde Park, London

Price: £62.50 (Green Day, Kings of Leon), £75.59 (Justin Bieber), £76.09 (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), £95.25 (Phil Collins), The Killers is Sold Out

Line Up Highlights: The Killers, Kings of Leon, Justin Bieber, Green Day, Tom Petty & The Heartbrakers, Pixies, elbow, Stevie Nicks, The Lumineers, Blondie, The Hives, Martin Garrix, Cold War Kids, The Orwells, Tove Lo, Frightened Rabbit, Mystery Jets, The Strypes

Review: The less the said about Phil Collins’s comeback and his outrageous ticket prices the better. The Killers sold out show featuring elbow looks set to be one of the biggest shows of the year whilst Kings of Leon’s performance at Hyde Park is a must see, featuring the legendary Pixies, Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats, Frightened Rabbit and Tom Grennan. Green Day bring their brilliant Revolution Radio album to Hyde Park which, including a slot for The Hives will be a brilliant day. Legends Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will play a rare UK gig which includes Fleetwood Mac legend Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers. It’s another brilliant set of concerts put on in the heart of the capital.

Final Verdict: B+

 


Creamfields

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Quick Summary: The UK’s biggest dance festival with performances by a huge number of artists, DJ’s and producers across a variety of stages.

Date: 24th-27th August

Location: Daresbury, Cheshire

Price: £230 including four day camping

Line Up Highlights: The Chainsmokers, Deadmau5, Stormzy, Fatboy Slim, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Steve Angello, DJ EZ, Alesso, Eric Prydz, Oliver Heldens, Martin Solveig, Axwell & Ingrosso, Galantis, Marshmello, Diplo, Tiesto,  Annie Mac, Sigma, Sub Focus, Armin Van Buuren, Wilkinson, Andy C, Friction

Review: This years line up is one of the best that the event has ever produced. Hit friendly duo The Chainsmokers, grime star Stormzy and the legendary deadmau5 will be must see artists. Rising stars Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens will play huge sets, whilst the legend that is Fatboy Slim will perform a stunning set. Dub Focus’ new direction will be something interesting to see and Annie Mac will be bringing the hits along to Cheshire for what looks set to be a glorious weekend.

Final Verdict: A*

 


Download

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Quick Summary: The UK’s mecca for metal and hard rock which is held at the historic home of rock, Donnington Park.

Date: 9th-11th June

Location: Donnington Park, Derby

Price: £205 including camping

Line Up Highlights: Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith, Prophets of Rage, System Of A Down, Steel Panther, Sum-41, Machine Gun Kelly, Otherkin, Idles, Blackwaters

Review: Download always seems to provide some wonderful surprises for everyone. Aerosmith will play the festival’s most important set of the weekend given that this will be the last time ever that they will appear in England. Biffy Clyro have one of the biggest sets of their career so far headlining the Saturday Main Stage whilst supergroup Prophets of Rage look set to deliver a stunning performance. Metal fans can rejoice with the return of System Of A Down but don’t miss out on rising bands Otherkin, Idles and Blackwaters whose swaggering rock is gaining them more and more fans every day.

Final Verdict: B-

 


Eden Sessions

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Quick Summary: Series of concerts featuring legendary and current stars, held at the iconic location of the Eden Project.

Date: 15th June – 11th July

Location: Eden Project, Cornwall

Price: £40 (Bastille, Royal Blood, Blondie, Foals), £50 (Van Morrison), Madness and Bryan Adams Sold Out

Line Up Highlights: Bastille, Madness, Royal Blood, Van Morrison, Foals

Eden Sessions Stage

Review: Always a wonderful option for music lovers, the Eden Sessions returns this year with another eclectic line up. Royal Blood’s headline set shows just how quickly the band have risen, given that they still have only released one album. Foals’ set will no doubt be sensational given last year’s incredible Reading & Leeds headline set, and their show will be one of only a few in the UK this summer. The legend that is Van Morrison will be a once in a lifetime experience and Madness will provide their blend of humorous ska music. Pop fans can rejoice as Bastille’s opening show will surely be great given the stunning background that is the Eden Project.

Final Verdict: B+

 


End of the Road

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Quick Summary: Alternative, medium sized festival celebrating Americana, folk, indie and rock.

Date: 31st August – 3rd September

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset

Price: £189 including camping

Line Up Highlights: Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco, Band of Horses, Bill Callhan, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Perfume Genius, The Lemon Twigs The Moonlandingz, Marika Hackman, All We Are, Julia Jacklin, Let’s Eat Grandma, PWR BTTM, PIXX, HMLTD

Review: If we are to be honest, this year’s line up is perhaps not the greatest we’ve seen from End of the Road. It lacks bite towards the top end but, however there are some artists we’d strongly recommend seeing. Cult hero Father John Misty’s last two albums have been two of the most impressive records made in this decade, highlighting his vision and craft as a songwriter. Mac DeMarco’s indie slacker set will be a humorous treat and The Coral frontman Bill Callahan’s set will be something to watch as well. There are an impressive list of rising artists such as The Lemon Twigs, The Moonlandingz, Julia Jacklin, Let’s Eat Grandma, PWR BTTM, PIXX and HMLTD who all have iconic sounds and styles, but for £189, we have to question ourselves on the quality in depth of the line up.

Final Verdict: C

 


Festival No.6

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Quick Summary: One of the UK’s most unique festivals set in the iconic location of Portmeirion and featuring a wide genre of music

Date: 7th-10th September

Location: Portmeirion, Wales

Price: £180 including camping

Line Up Highlights: Bloc Party, The Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag’n’Bone Man, Laura Mvula, The Cribs, Kate Tempest, Palace, Honeyblood, Cabbage, Tom Grennan, Superfood, Formation, Day Waves, Ten Tonnes, Joe Goddard

Review: No one can deny how beautiful the setting of this festival is. Bloc Party’s set will highlight just how important the band have been to British music whilst The Flaming Lips’ headline set could produce anything, given their continuous nature to surprise. The Cinematic Orchestra’s set will no doubt be blissfully gorgeous and double Brit Award winner Rag’n’Bone Man will be a popular choice amongst the crowd. Laura Mvula’s soulful music will be a treat and with some great rising bands, this year’s event will be good. However, given the quality of previous line ups which have included Hot Chip and Noel Gallagher, we’re slightly disappointed with the depth of artists.

Final Verdict: B-

 


Field Day

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Quick Summary: Small London festival which tries to retain a community feel whilst staging huge alternative names across all genres.

Date: Saturday 3rd June

Location: Victoria Park, London

Price: £64.50

Line Up Highlights: Aphex Twin, Run The Jewels, HMLTD, Julia Jacklin, Joe Goddard, Lady Leshurr, Loyle Carner, Moderat, Mura Masa, Rae Morris, Whitney

Review: We have to confess that on first viewing, we weren’t hugely fanatic about this year’s line up but, having seen new names added in the last few months, it’s really changed our opinion. There is a diverse list of artists for with something for everyone to enjoy. Aphex Twin’s headline set will be special and be sure to catch Joe Goddard. The former Hot Chip member has released one of the catchiest albums of the year so it will be a treat to hear live. Mura Masa and Lady Leshurr are artists that look set to reach stratospheric heights in the coming year so seeing them in the intimate location of the festival will be something you’ll remember. Run The Jewels’ political rap and stage presence, alongside Loyle Carner’s soulful debut album and Julia Jacklin will also be big moments for the one day festival.

Final Verdict: B

 


Glastonbury

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Quick Summary: The festival to beat all festivals, the legendary Somerset event always provides a stunning line up across over 100 venues.

Date: 21st-25th June

Location: Glastonbury. Somerset

Price: Sold Out

Line Up Highlights: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, The xx, Biffy Clyro, Katy Perry, The National, Royal Blood, Boy Better Know, Major Lazer, alt-j, Stormzy, Lorde, Run The Jewels, Pheonix, Laura Mvula, HAIM, Father John Misty, Metronomy, Dizzee Rascal, Justice, First Aid Kit, Kano, Wiley, Halsey, George Ezra, Glass Animals, Courteeners, Sampha, London Grammar, Wild Beasts, Circa Waves, Rag’n’Bone Man, Declan McKenna, Loyle Carner

Review: Quite simply, what a sensational line up. Every year the festival manages to attract the biggest artists from around the world and it’s refreshing to see a line up of such depth and quality. Radiohead and Foo Fighters will of course provide their lengthy list of hits during their headline sets but the choice of Ed Sheeran to headline is a bold, refreshing statement, reflecting the artists’ worldwide success with his recent album Divide. Having Biffy Clyro supporting Sheeran on the final night will be special, given that the band have headlined the other major UK festivals. Like Foals’ slot last year, this could potentially be Biffy Clyro’s audition as a potential headliner for the future. Katy Perry’s set will be a joy for all pop fans whilst grime is finally highly represented by a major festival, with organisers putting Boy Better Know as Other Stage headliners. Royal Blood, HAIM, Lorde, alt-j and The National look set to be popular artists to see over the festival.

Final Verdict: A*

 


Green Man

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Quick Summary: Eco friendly medium sized Welsh festival celebrating the best of indie, folk, psychedelia and Americana

Date: 17th-20th August

Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales

Price: £180 including camping

Line Up Highlights: PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Michael Kiwanuka, Angel Olsen, Hinds, Julia Jacklin, The Big Moon, Pumarosa, Sunflower Bean, Happyness, Charlie Cunningham

Green Man Line Up

Review: One of the biggest surprises for us this year is the strength that is Green Man Festival. Its quality of artists especially rising artists is wonderful and we would urge you to see The Big Moon, Juliia Jacklin and Charlie Cunningham, artists that we’ve continued to promote right from the beginning. PJ Harvey will undoubtedly deliver a legendary set, highlighting her importance as one of the most iconic artists in the world. The soulful music of Michael Kiwanuka will be a treat to hear whilst Spanish rockers Hinds are definitely worth catching. What’s caught our eye as well and something we feel is important to mention is the festivals high proportion of female artists. There is currently a huge deficit of female artists on the majority of festival line ups but the inclusion of PJ Harvey, Kate Tempest, Angel Olsen, Shirley Collins, Hinds, Julia Jacklin, Hooray For The Riff Raff, The Big Moon and many more including female fronted bands Sunflower Bean, Pumarosa and Saint Etienne is wonderful to see.

Final Verdict: B

 


Isle of Wight

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Quick Summary: Legendary festival known for its historic line ups based off the south coast.

Date: 8th-11th June

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

Price: £195 including camping

Line Up Highlights: Arcade Fire, David Guetta, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Run DMC, Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man, Nothing But Thieves, The Kooks, George Ezra, Razorlight, Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit, The Strypes, The Sherlocks, The Amazons

 

 

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Arcade Fire

Review: The iconic Isle of Wight festival will always be remembered as the place of Jimi Hendrix’s last festival appearance. Its ability to bring together some of music’s most legendary artists and rising stars is vastly impressive, with the festival having showcased Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Blur, The Prodigy, The Who and many more in recent years. This years festival reverses the catastrophe of last years line up with the headline set of Arcade Fire, whose set will be one of the biggest moments of the summer. David Guetta will ignite the main stage at the end of Friday’s proceedings and Catfish & The Bottlemen’s slot will be worth seeing. Seeing Run DMC will be a special moment and the inclusion of Bastille, George Ezra, Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit, Rag’n’Bone Man and Nothing But Thieves destroys the myth that the festival no longer caters for the younger crowd. The Kooks will deliver a hit friendly performance and The Strypes are worth having a listen to. We would definitely recommend catching rising bands The Amazons and The Sherlocks, two of the UK’s most promising rock outfits that are currently taking the country by storm.

Final Verdict: A

 


Kendal Calling

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Quick Summary: Family friendly small alternative festival that always puts up impressive line ups.

Date: 27th-30th July

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Price: Sold Out

Line Up Highlights: Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, Brian Wilson, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Slaves, Frightened Rabbit, Circa Waves, DMA’s, Nothing But Thieves, Lethal Bizzle, The Coral, Kate Nash, Loyle Carner, The Hunna, Palace, Honeyblood, The Pale White, Blaenavon, Fews

Review: The 2017 edition of Kendal Calling is a joy to behold but we have to say that the organisers’ statement that the festival has seven headliners is one of the most ridiculous things we’ve ever heard! Moving swiftly on, Stereophonics’ and Manic Street Preachers’ sets will be a wonderful opportunity to see legendary bands in an iconic location. Brian Wilson’s performance of iconic album Pet Sounds in full will be the biggest moment of the weekend, whilst the return of Franz Ferdinand will be a spectacle. Circa Waves, Tinie Tempah and Loyle Carner have all released well received albums this year and we would recommend seeing rising artists The Hunna, Palace, Honeyblood, The Pale White, Blaenavon and Palace.

Final Verdict: A

 


Latitude

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Quick Summary: Free flowing celebration of everything arts based, hosting some of the biggest names in music, comedy, dance and more.

Date: 13th-16th July

Location: Southwold, Suffolk

Price: £197.50 including camping

Line Up Highlights: Mumford & Sons, The 1975, Fleet Foxes, Glass Animals, Mystery Jets, Two Door Cinema Club, Placebo, Jack Garratt, Fatboy Slim, SOHN, A Blaze Of Feather, Loyle Carner, The Lemon Twigs, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Maggie Rogers, The Japanese House, Formation, Declan McKenna, Julia Jacklin, Tom Grennan, Sunflower Bean, All We Are, Palace, Honeyblood, Marika Hackman, Joe Goddard, The Magic Gang, Cabbage, HMLTD

 

Review: We are in complete awe of this years Latitude line up. By far it’s the greatest list of artists that the festival has managed to produce and the announcement of Mumford & Sons’ takeover on Saturday is something completely unique for festivals and it’s a bold step for the organisers that has paid off. The return of Fleet Foxes to close the festival will be memorable whilst The 1975 finally get the promotion to festival headliner status. Two Door Cinema Club’s slot will be special especially given the fact that they’e headlined the festival in the past. Fatboy Slim will bring old school classics to Suffolk and Ben Howard’s band A Blaze Of Feather are a must see. Definite must see sets come from The Japanese House, Maggie Rogers, Formation, Declan McKenna, Julia Jacklin, The Magic Gang and Cabbage, all of which are rapidly rising in support across the nation.

Final Verdict: A*

 


Parklife

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Quick Summary: Independent Manchester festival which plays host to some of the biggest modern artists in Pop, Hip Hop, Dance and Indie.

Date: 10th-11th June

Location: Heaton Park, Manchester

Price: £145 (VIP Weekend), £59.50 (Sunday), Standard Weekend and Saturday Sold Out

Line Up Highlights: The 1975, Frank Ocean, Boy Better Know, A Tribe Called Quest, Two Door Cinema Club, Fatboy Slim, Stormzy, London Grammar, George Ezra, Eric Prydz, Andy C, DJ EZ, Rag’n’Bone Man, Anderson .PAAK & The Free Nationals, Zara Larsson, Wiley, Sampha, Mura Masa, Ray Boy, Loyle Carner, My Nu Leng, AJ Tracey, Joe Goddard, The Japanese House, Cabbage, Nadia Rose, Rex Orange County

Review: Parklife 2017 is another festival which has exceeded all expectations in terms of line up quality. R&B star Frank Ocean’s appearance is only one in a few in the UK whilst The 1975 will bring their sensational live show to Manchester. Rap royalty A Tribe Called Quest are a must see whilst Grime saviours Boy Better Know are likely to deliver the set of the weekend. Anderson. PAAK & The Free Nationals will bring their gorgeous blend of hip hop and jazz to the festival which we recommend you seeing whilst non hip hop fans can rejoice with Two Door Cinema Club, George Ezra, London Grammar, Rag’n’Bone Man, The Japanese House, Cabbage, Rat Boy and Rex Orange County.

Final Verdict: A*

 


Radio 1’s Big Weekend

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Quick Summary: Annual free music festival hosted by BBC Radio 1 and featuring the biggest names in music.

Date: 27th-28th July

Location: Burton Constable Hall, Hull

Price: Sold Out

Line Up Highlights: Kings of Leon, Kasabian, Katy Perry, Biffy Clyro, Royal Blood, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Little Mix, alt-j, HAIM, Imagine Dragons, Two Door Cinema Club, You Me At Six, Christine & The Queens, Circa Waves, London Grammar, Plan B, Blossoms, Rag’n’Bone Man, Twin Atlantic, Zara Larsson, Emeli Sande, Bastille, Stormzy, The Chainsmokers, The Amazons, Declan McKenna, The Big Moon, Loyle Carner, Pale Waves

Review: The annual celebration of radio friendly music returns this year and will be based in Hull. With the exception of Glastonbury, it’s safe to say that this is one of the strongest looking line ups in the world. World dominating bands Kings of Leon, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro will all deliver huge sets whilst Katy Perry’s headline set will be full of hits. Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Christine & The Queens, alt-J and London Grammar will all take their iconic music to Hull, and will all most definitely be spectacles for the crowd. Pop giants Little Mix will be worth catching whilst the returns of Royal Blood, HAIM and Plan B amongst others will be special moments to hear. Whilst the festival is sold out, it’s definitely worth catching on TV.

Final Verdict: A*

 


Reading & Leeds

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Quick Summary: Raucous rock festival filled with post-exam students and heavyweight artists.

Date: 25th-27th August

Location: Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds

Price: £213 including camping

Line Up Highlights: Eminem, Muse, Kasabian, Major Lazer, Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille, Liam Gallagher, HAIM, You Me At Six, Blossoms, Flume, Glass Animals, Everything Everything, Circa Waves, Halsey, Rat Boy, Fatboy Slim, Sub Focus, Wiley, Mura Masa, Migos, Lethal Bizzle, Sundara Karma, Andy C, Marshmello, Charli XCX, Bear’s Den, The Pretty Reckless, VANT, Oh Wonder, Declan McKenna, The Orwells, The Sherlocks, The Hunna, INHEAVEN, Cabbage, Blaenavon, X Ambasadors, PWR BTTM, The Big Moon, Cigarettes After Sex, Tom Grennan, The Districts, Black Honey, The Japanese House, Will Joesph Cook, Pumarosa, Idles, Louis Berry, The Amazons, Ten Tonnes, Yonaka, Barns Courtney, Vince Staples

Review: This years Reading & Leeds line up has attracted a lot of criticism like many of the recent editions, for being too commercial and not attracting big enough names. Whilst it’s hard to deny the recent shift from rock to indie, the question on strength is ridiculous in our opinion. Major Lazer’s supporting slot on the Saturday Main Stage will send the crowd into raptures before the legend that is Eminem comes onto the stage. Muse and Kasabian will both blow the festival into the stratosphere, with both sets providing dynamism and huge songs. Without doubt this is the best headline combination in years for the joint festival. Whilst Liam Gallagher’s and Blossoms’ positions that high on the Main Stage can be questioned, there is strength in depth in Two Door Cinema Club, You Me At Six, Korn, HAIM, Halsey and Fatboy Slim. More noticeable is the incredible strength of upcoming artists. Sundara Karma and The Amazons will play huge homecoming gigs to the Reading Crowd whilst you also should catch The Big Moon, Declan McKenna, The Sherlocks, The Hunna, Tom Grennan and Black Honey amongst others.

Final Verdict: A

 


SW4

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Quick Summary: Exciting London dance festival with world famous DJ sets and love performances.

Date: 26th-27th August

Location: Clapham Common, London

Price: £60 (Saturday), £55 (Sunday), Weekend Sold Out

Line Up Highlights: Pendulum, Deadmau5, Knife Party, Tinie Tempah, Eric Prydz, Sigma, Marshmello, Gorgon City, Duke Dumont, Sub Focus, TCTS, Wilkinson

SW4 Line Up

Review: SW4 always proves to be a sensational celebration of dance, house and hip hop music. The booking of Pendulum has to go down as one of the most impressive bookings from any festival, given the groups tiny list of worldwide shows. Deadmau5 will also put on a sensation live show whilst Knife Party’s set will be enjoyable carnage. Rap and style icon Tinie Tempah will being his latest album to Clapham Common whilst Sub Focus and Wilkinson have notorious reputations for being brilliant live.

Final Verdict: B+

 


TRNSMT

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Quick Summary: Held by the organisers of T in the Park festival, the new Scottish event is the biggest music festival the country.

Date: 7th-9th July

Location: Glasgow Green, Glasgow

Price: £155, no camping is offered at the festival

Line Up Highlights: Radiohead, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro, The 1975, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Two Door Cinema Club, Belle and Sebastian, George Ezra, The Kooks, Stormzy, Twin Atlantic, Blossoms, London Grammar, Everything Everything, Rag’n’Bone Man, Circa Waves, The Strypes, Sundara Karma, Cabbage, The Amazons, HONNE, Louis Berry, Clean Cut Kid, Vistas, Tom Grennan, Declan McKenna

Review: Whilst it’s a real shame to see the calamitous downfall of T in the Park, we have to agree that for safety’s sake, it’s an important decision. What’s been erected in its place however is what we can only describe as a godsend of a lineup. Organised by the same organisers of T in the Park, the lineup is more rock oriented and the headline sets of legends Radiohead, arena giants Kasabian as well as home favourites Biffy Clyro will all be magnificent. In The 1975 and Catfish & The Bottlemen, the festival has the two biggest bands in the UK right now and sets from the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Blossoms, Everything Everything, Circa Waves, The Kooks, Twin Atlantic and Sundara Karma will all be worth seeing. London Grammar’s gorgeous music will be sensational and Stormzy’s set will ignite the Main Stage. It’s a well organised structure which hopefully runs smoothly so we could potentially see more of the same next year.

Final Verdict: A*

 


Truck

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Quick Summary: Oriented around the community and charity, Truck festival is a medium sized genre spanning independent festival focusing on great line ups instead of profit.

Date: 21st-23rd July

Location: Hill Farm, Oxford

Price: Sold Out

Line Up Highlights: The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Vaccines, The Wombats, Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, Twin Atlantic, Hinds, Sundara Karma, The Moonlandingz, VANT, Cabbage, Palace, The Magic Gang, The Big Moon, Tom Grennan, Honeyblood, Pumarosa, Superfood, Will Joseph Cook, INHEAVEN, Yonaka, The Night Cafe, Dead Pretties, Palm Honey

Review: For a medium sized festival, the booking of The Libertines is sensational. As one of the most important artists in British indie rock, their set will be amazing to see. Franz Ferdinand and The Vaccines will provide stomping indie anthems whilst the impressive list of rising talent makes Truck Festival 2017 one of the most important of the year. Try and catch some of vast amount of rising stars as many look set for big things in the coming year.

Final Verdict: A-

 


V Festival

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Quick Summary: Heavyweight pop festival split over two locations featuring the biggest names in pop.

Date: 19th-20th August

Location: Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire

Price: £189 including camping

Line Up Highlights: Jay Z, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, The Wombats, Stormzy, Rudimental, Sean Paul, Emeli Sande, Madness, Dizzee Rascal

V Festival Stage

Review: We had to really strain ourselves to try and find highlights of 2017’s V Festival lineup. Jay-Z’s set will be the highlight of the weekend and The Wombats will provide energy and their brilliant indie rock to the dual sited festival. Stormzy’s set will be great to see but he is too far up the line up in our opinion. The choice of P!nk as a headline artist has to be one of the worst festival decisions we’ve ever seen. Craig David is nowhere near worthy of the spot below the headliner and whilst Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics will be great to see, it is not second stage headliner material. There is such weakness in depth that even pop fans will be disappointed in this year’s event. When we look back at past headliners Kings of Leon, The Killers and more we can only look away in disgust at the 2017 event. To even have the cheek to charge £189 for this line up is outragious.

Final Verdict: U

 


Victorious

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Quick Summary: Budget festival located in the South of England and featuring an impressive line up.

Date: 25th-27th August

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Price: £30 (Friday), £37 (Saturday, Sunday), no camping is offered at the festival

Line Up Highlights: Stereophonics, Madness, Elbow, Jake Bugg, The Charlatans, Franz Ferdinand,  Sundara Karma, Slaves, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Frank Turner, Rita Ora, Olly Murs, The Hunna, Band of Skulls, Frightened Rabbit, Lady Lashurr, Rationale, Palace, Will Joseph Cook, Otherkin, Tom Grennan, Lewis Watson, Tiggs Da Author

Review: When you look at the cost of a ticket against the line up for Victorious 2017, you can see clearly that the festival is the best value for money you will find in the UK. Elbow’s set will be a beautiful closer to the festival, featuring tracks from their beautiful album Little Fictions. Madness will provide a huge party on the Friday night whilst Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics and Sundara Karma will bring rock to the masses. Pop fans can rejoice with Rita Ora and Olly Murs whilst rising artists Lady Leshurr, Tiggs Da Author, Otherkin, Tom Grennan, The Hunna, Will Joseph Cook and Palace are our tips for the weekend.

Final Verdict: A-

 


Wireless

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Quick Summary: The UK’s biggest hip hop festival based in London always managing to attract heavyweight hip hop, grime and dance artists.

Date: 7th-9th July

Location: Finsbury Park, London

Price: £55 (Friday), £110 (Friday and Sunday Joint), Weekend, Saturday Day, Sunday Day Sold Out

Line Up Highlights: The Weeknd, Skepta, Chance The Rapper, Fetty Wap, Zara Larsson, Nas, Wiley, Sean Paul, Section Boyz

Review: Much like V Festival, Wireless has experienced a dramatic decline in quality in recent years. There is little strength in depth on any of the three days which is a real shame. There are some glimpses of quality however. The Weeknd’s set will be a must see, with his Starboy World Tour receiving brilliant reviews. Chance The Rapper’s set is a rare appearance by the rapper and given the quality of his most recent album, it’ll be one worth seeing. Skepta headlined the Main Stage last year with Boy Better Know but this year’s slot sees him gaining recognition for his work as a solo artist. With Wiley also on the bill for the Saturday, it’s not too far a stretch to see him amongst other joining Skepta for a performance that will erupt Finsbury Park.

Final Verdict: D

 


Y Not

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Quick Summary: One of the biggest champions of emerging music, Y Not combines established artists with the hottest emerging talent.

Date: 27th-30th July

Location: Pikehall, Derbyshire

Price: £114.50 including camping

Line Up Highlights: Stereophonics, The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, Jake Bugg, Slaves, Happy Mondays, Clean Bandit, Nothing But Thieves, Frank Turner, Twin Atlantic, Sundara Karma, The Hunna, DMA’s, Declan McKenna, Clean Cut Kid, Lethal Bizzle, Cabbage, Honeyblood, Tom Grennan, The Magic Gang, Spring King, Palace, Nadia Rose, Blaenavon, Black Honey

Review: Purely sensational lineup from Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival. Stereophonics, The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, Jake Bugg, Slaves, Clean Bandit and Nothing But Thieves are apparent on the majority of the festivals on our list but they will all be sets worth catching. Happy Mondays’ set will be a unique experience but where the festival shines the most is in its list of emerging artists. Sundara Karma, Declan McKenna and The Hunna have established themselves as the possible future of indie music whilst The Magic Gang’s 60’s sounding pop rock is glorious to hear live. Spring King, Cabbage and Black Honey will provide endless energy whilst Palace and Blaenavon have a unique blend of gorgeous vocals and guitars.

Final Verdict: A

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